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Country Club Going Cross Country

Extending its reach while leaving the West End

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
When I visited Country Club in the West End last week, it was bustling even though no other visitors were in the art gallery. Christian Strike, its owner, was too busy at his computer to talk. His Iconoclast Editions, an ancillary company headquartered in the West End gallery, had just that day issued a new, limited-run print by Shepard Fairey, the New York-based graphic artist who shot to fame with last year’s “Obama Hope” poster.  

Amateur Curation

Cincinnati Art Museum’s 4th Floor Award recognizes regional artists and arts patrons

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Artist Don Lambert, who wants his work to reach a wide public, is a perfect choice as the inaugural winner of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s new 4th Floor Award. Don Lambert: Supernova Terra Firma, the first 4th Floor Award exhibition, has just opened in the museum’s Vance-Waddell gallery and remains up through Nov. 29.   

Creative Economics

State of the arts: Tightening belts and adapting in order to continue thriving

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Staff positions have taken the biggest hit as Cincinnati's arts and cultural institutions hunker down to survive the recession. Some organizations have adapted through deliberate attrition, while other belt-tightening measures have included shorter hours and curtailed programming. "It's a painful time," says Raphaela Platow, director of the Contemporary Arts Center. The bright side (surprisingly, there is one) is that attendance is up for many organizations.  

Fall Arts Preview: Visual Art

CAM, CAC, Taft and local galleries offer colorful seasons

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Expect a jam-packed fall season with a variety of colorful shows from the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Center, Taft Museum of Art, the Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery, Carl Solway Gallery, Country Club, Manifest Creative Research Gallery and the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center.  

The Chemistry of Color (Review)

Taft Museum showcases a variety of African-American artists

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
The exhibition currently on view at the Taft Museum of Art, 'The Chemistry of Color: The Sorgenti Collection of African American Art,' highlights The artists who are essential to any history of African-American art. But, more than that, they're essential to the study of American Art.  

NUDE (Review)

Manifest Gallery offers fully exposed, playful, revealing show

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Looking for the right kind of art show to fill East Walnut Hills' Manifest Gallery during the hot days and nights of August, chief curator Jason Franz has decided to go NUDE. The show, an addition to the planned original season of eight exhibitions, opened Friday and continues through Sept. 11.  

All That Sparkles

Nathan Hurst’s new fashion line is edgy and heavily embellished

2 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
In the past, I have noted the unique, handmade artistic fashions of Nathan Hurst at downtown parties like the Contemporary Art Center’s Contemporary Fridays. Hurst’s first artistic fashion show, Off with Their Heads, is this Friday at CS13, a new gallery and music venue in Over-the- Rhine.  

Change at the Art Academy

The 140-year-old institution looks forward with new initiatives

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
The Art Academy of Cincinnati last week announced the departures of two top leaders, President Gregory Allgire Smith and Academic Dean Keith Kutch. While Kutch left on his own accord to accept a position at Stevenson University outside of Baltimore, the circumstances surrounding Smith's departure are still unclear.  

Natural Innocence

Lisa Britton shows nature through the eyes of a child

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Photographer Lisa Britton has been recording every day of her almost-5-year-old daughter Angela's short life. She often concentrates on Angela's exploration of the natural world and has chosen works with that theme for 'Seeing Nature,' her exhibition of color photographs on display at Parkside Cafe in Walnut Hills.  

Constructed Paper (Review)

Judy Pfaff's collages portray an untamed natural world full of surprise

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Judy Pfaff's current exhibition of large-scale collaged works and small prints seems to continue an abiding interest that Carl Solway Gallery has in highly accomplished, mid-career artists who favor abstract interpretations of nature through a variety of approaches.   

Rendered Obsolete (Review)

Rachel Heberling and Katherine Rogers turn abandoned spaces into beauty at Aisle Gallery

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The current exhibition at Aisle Gallery focuses on the centuries-old practice of printmaking. Of course, the practice has changed and expanded since its inception, but Rachel Heberling and Katherine Rogers seem to have found their niche in concentrating on straightforward lithography and etching and the beauty that can be found there.   

Vent Haven: Ventriloquism Museum

More than just a 'museum for dummies'

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
For a world-class museum, Greater Cincinnati's Vent Haven Museum attracts precious few visitors. How to increase attendance is problematic since it raises the issue of what kind of place Vent Haven is meant to be. It's the only major public museum devoted to ventriloquism (the art of throwing voices) and has more than 750 historic and/or unusual ventriloquial figures.  

tour de force (Review)

Thin Air Studio transforms nature at the Weston Gallery and vise versa

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Gnarled tree limbs arc above each entrance of downtown's Weston Art Gallery. Lashed together with twine, the limbs create a web-like mass that spreads throughout the Weston's lobby, soaring above in great domes, coiling around pillars, growing up and out of the stairwell.  

Lux and Unnamed Places (Reviews)

Country Club Gallery's exhibitions deal with the abstraction of place

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The two current exhibitions at Country Club Gallery have something in common: namely, a sense of place. And yet the two artists included here, Christina Seely and Evan Hecox, deal with the idea of place in profoundly different ways.  

Bessie Potter Vonnoh: Sculptor of Women (Review)

Pioneer succeeded as a 19th-century 'sculptor of women'

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
At the turn of the 20th Century, when a woman's most acceptable occupation was motherhood, Bessie Potter Vonnoh succeeded professionally as a sculptor, flouting convention by focusing on a career instead of raising children. Her success as an independent working artist rested on subject matter that supported traditional notions of women, which makes the Cincinnati Art Museum's current exhibition of her work all the more fascinating.